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Owner description: The MV Uchuck III, a 136-foot passenger and freight vessel providing service through Vancouver Island's historic Nootka Sound, Esperanza Inlet and Kyuquot Sound. Relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Wild West Coast as you tour its inlets, witness the MV Uchuck III deliver freight to remote fish farms, logging camps and remote resorts. Our schedule provides day cruises through some of Vancouver Island's most spectacular scenery, perfect for a short adventure or family vacation. Explore the shores and waterways of isolated inlets, and see a variety of wildlife - black bears, eagles, sea otters, Pacific dolphins, gray and killer whales. Like to get adventurous? Take advantage of the Uchuck's route to wet launch your kayak or be dropped off at the Nootka trailhead for a four to five day hiking trip along Vancouver Island's most remote and pristine coastal trail - without the long wait list of the famed West Coast Trail.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Greatly enjoyed a day out on Nootka Sound. Disappointed that the lunch provided had run out by the time we arrived in the galley but otherwise a wonderful day out, great staff and really a good day for anyone visiting Gold River.

Thank Arandee
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Reviewed 20 May 2018

This trip is extermely interesting for its many aspects. We were fortunate to have rain / fog on the way to Kyuquot and full blue sky back and both are well worth the trip. It's particularly interesting because it's a working vessel that stops frequently offloading and loading material and the passengers get to see local operations, particularly logging and fish farms (infamous for their damage to the wild salmon populations). As well, the other aspect is the scenery and wildlife: we saw many sea otters (they were almost extinct by hunters) that are repopulating this area slowly: they are magnificent creatures. We could see a small pod of orcas on the way back and a couple of bears on the beaches. The mountains are often in the backdrop and are quite impressive and covered in snow in May.

The crew is relatively small but very friendly and like to crack jokes with passengers. The cook on board was also very friendly and took good care of us; the food is very decent with great breakfasts. The captain was extremely knowledgeable and comptetent, in particular given the strech on high seas where the waves were impressive (around 4 m.); so, hint, if you're prone to motion / sea sickness, anti-nausea (like gravol) pills might be very helpful!

Included is a room at a local hotel in Kyuquot and that was impeccable with lots of hot water for showers and good beds. The only slight disappointment was that the hotel is situated in the non-Indigenous part of Kyuquot, on a small island, and we couldn't have any interaction with the local Indigenous community; if there was a bit of an Indigenous feature to this trip, it would improve greatly the visitors' experience.

PS: We had a dog and the person that did our booking gave us the name of a person in Gold River that could board our dog overnight. We contacted her and she graciously agreed to take our dog while we were on the tour and she took good care of her. We are very grateful to Karen for having taken such good care of our dog and provided such an outstanding service.

Thank Taqulik
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Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile

We took the 2 day cruise on the uchuck III with family and friends ( 9 of us ) and what a great adventure. The crew are fabulous with stories and details about their work as a supply boat, tour boat, cafe, etc. The food on board is prepared by a great cook who makes a clam chowder to die for. She makes a damn fine breakfast as well. The supply stops make the trip extremely interesting and you witness a life style that is so different from yours.
The stop for the night however, was not that great. The purple palace does no favours for the uchuck III and should not be on their accommodation schedule. Also, the cook on the uchuck made our dinner on shore look pretty plain.
I would, however, take this excursion again for the scenery, sea otters, and the GREAT clam chowder.

Thank bemeyer
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Reviewed 18 February 2018

We took the day cruise to Friendly Cove where Captain Cook first set foot in British Columbia. The ship, The Uchulk , is a refit mine sweeper from WW2 and is a beautiful ,relaxing trip.We spent most of our time strolling the naturally tumbled people beaches and exploring. The old church still stands and is loaded with history of both the First Nations of the area and the European explorers of the time. This trip is well worth the time and we found the price very reasonable. Check the weather for the day as you will be spending time on the open shores of the Pacific Ocean.

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Reviewed 1 October 2017

Believe all the reviews. We did the 2 day trip and it was a once in a life experience. We had beautiful weather which included rain on the second day. The rain clouds made the scenery look magical. We saw whales, sea otters, bears, eagles, helicopter logging, fish farms, and more. The setting is beyond description. The food on board was excellent and inexpensive. The crew were exceptional. Our accommodation was lovely.
Wear layers of clothes and bring a hat and gloves.

1  Thank Jovan_10
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